Date:4th December 2012 at 12:24pm
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Is it sooner rather than later for the Special One?

Madrid’s rumour mill is spinning with strong suggestions Jose Mourinho will be shown the door at Real Madrid in June – should he be allowed to stay that long.

With the timing of a Paul Scholes’ pass, ITV4 aired the documentaryMourinho last night. Mourinho profiled the Portuguese prodigy’s football career, what makes him tick and attempted to get in to the frame of mind of a manager who set the modern (post-millennium) game alight when he came sliding on to the Old Trafford turf in 2004.

The documentary is a must for any fan of football, which tribe you follow notwithstanding. We are all too well aware of Jose’s highs and lows on the field but the insights into his personality and the interviews with his friends, foes, and contemporaries (including Fergie) made this an fascinating watch.

I unabashedly want Jose to take the Man Utd managerial seat when Fergie sits down. For me he evokes the enigmatic genius of Eric Cantona in a managerial stance. There simply is no other man with the record, the charisma, the nous, the balls, and the knowledge of European AND English football to compete with him. In the ground, the pub, and on twitter, United in the post-Fergie era will be either managed by Pep or Jose (with David Moyes seldom mentioned).

Pep Guardiola’s managerial record is immense with Barcelona, but that’s it. His record is solely with Barcelona. Add to that the large fraction of his successful Barcelona team being inherited not from Rijkaard as many argue but from the youth academy, La Masia. I’m not aiming to do Pep a disservice, he obviously did a tremendous task at bringing these players together and playing how they did. However to say the groundwork of achievement was exclusively his likewise does a disservice to the youth team, and Barcelona players. To prove a case in point Barcelona this season, under Tito Villanova, are enjoying their  BEST EVER start in La Liga, BEST EVER.

Mourinho: 4 Clubs, 4 Countries, 3 European Cups (20 trophies overall) in 10 years. And those are the FACTS as everyone’s favourite Spanish waiter will tell you.

Yesterday’s documentary and rumours had me asking the question; how will Fergie address the situation at the end of the season? In June 2013, there is the prospect two of Europe’s most successful managers will be on the market for jobs. Both of which have stated the desire to manage in England, both of which have strongly been linked with the United job. There is also the increasingly probability that Chelsea and Man City will both be on the hunt for new managers.

Can we afford to let Fergie have a swan song and one last stab at the European Cup?

Fergie has always said he has never been afraid to move on some crowd favourites for the benefit of the club, and has done so numerously. But will he be so decisive with his own position? He has indicated that he has maybe 2 years left in him and only his health will decide, this doesn’t evoke the reasoning of a man who will walk away but will have to hauled from his throne by illness or death – admirable and foolish.

I have faith, or hope, that should we win our trophy back from the Wastelands lot this season Fergie will finally call time on his career with Jose taking charge at the helm. And if anyone is still not sold on the idea, ask any Bindipper what they think of Mourinho; he’s definitely got the scousers blessing for the job.

What is the alternative, jump forward to Jun 2014: Man City are managed by Pep Guardiola, Jose is back at Chelsea, Liverpool are still shit and Fergie finally retires.Step forward third-choice David Moyes…


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